Georg Kempter is a gardener in a small Bavarian town, working day-in, day-out in his nursery, which is facing bankruptcy. He doesn’t like to talk much. He never has. His marriage has long lost all its magic and on top of that, he has trouble connecting with his daughter. Only when he is flying in his own rickety biplane does Georg feel truly free.
When the owner of the local golf course tries to rip him off his pay because the shade of green of the grass Georg has planted there is not “as green as it gets”, Georg snaps. Just when his airplane is about to be impounded, he grabs the control stick and flies away in an attempt to save his plane and himself.
He embarks on a journey into the unknown, to places he has never seen before, full of odd and special encounters – and with every take-off and every landing, this tough man’s heart slowly warms up to what you might call an idea of happiness...
FLORIAN GALLENBERGER was born in Munich in 1972. He studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. With his thesis film QUIERO SER (2000) Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards® and an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film. His debut feature SHADOWS OF TIME (2004) won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature, JOHN RABE (2009) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Bavarian Film Awards and four German Film Awards, including Best Film. His third feature film, COLONIA (2015) received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Film and was nominated for five German Film Awards. Gallenberger is also a professor at the University of Television and Film in Munich.photos © Mathias Bothor, Bernd Schuller